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Post Professional OTD (DOT)

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This 36-credit doctoral program will prepare practicing occupational therapists to become advanced practitioners who are evidence-based leaders.  Graduates will have the skills needed to promote, develop, and manage clinical research, educate clients, families, and communities, or become a manager or entrepreneur.  Advanced practice courses will be offered in pediatrics, neuroscience/neuro rehab, and community practice, among others. Students will be required to attend one two to three day weekend on campus each semester, with the rest of the coursework completed online. Students will take two courses per semester, year round, and can complete the degree in two years.

*2 Year, 36 Credit Clinical Doctoral Program – 3 Semesters per Year
*2 Courses per Semester – 3 Credits per Course
*Nationally Recognized Faculty
*Primarily Online Work
*1 Required In-person On-campus 2 – 3 Day Weekend Each Semester


Two Levels of Entry:

1. Direct Entry – Master’s degree 

  • MOT: Direct entry into OTD program.
  • MSOT (with significant research component): May have up to 9 credits considered toward OTD from prior advanced graduate work.

2. Provisional Entry

  • BSOT:  Requires 30 graduate credits (which we can help you find and pursue) before official entry in OTD.

Admission Requirements

  • Currently practicing & licensed occupational therapist
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Letter of application
  • Three letters of reference addressing professional abilities, leadership potential and academic abilities
  • Resume

Application Process

  • Questions about the application process should be directed to Jamie Cushway, OTD Admissions Specialist at 770-534-6188 or via email
  • All prospective OTD students will apply to the Program through the Office of Graduate Admissions using the free Brenau application. Apply now using this link to the graduate application. The Program has begun accepting applications for Fall 2015.
  • Applicants should request a copy of their Official Transcripts from all previous institutions. Have transcripts sent directly to the Brenau Office of Admissions, 500 Washington St., SE, Gainesville, GA 30501.

Supplemental documentation should be:

  • mailed to Jamie Cushway, Admissions Specialist, Brenau Office of Admissions, 500 Washington St., SE, Gainesville, GA 30501
  • or emailed to
  • or faxed to the Brenau Office of Admissions 770-538-4701.

Please submit:

  • Submit three letters of recommendation attesting to your clinical experience, job responsibilities, verbal and written skills, and leadership potential.
  • Submit a Letter of intent (double-spaced, maximum of three pages) describing your reasons for pursuing a clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy and your professional goals.
  • Resume


18 Credits (6 Courses) Of Required Core Coursework

  • Professional Reasoning
  • Professional Literacy and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Occupational Science and Occupation-Based Practice
  • Leadership, Ethics and Advocacy
  • Research in Clinic and Community
  • Teaching In Practice and Community

9 Credits (Select 3) Of Advanced Practice Coursework

Courses offered will vary depending upon student needs and interests. Possible courses include:

  • Occupational Therapy and Services for Children and Youth
  • Vision and Occupation Across The Lifespan
  • Current Research in Pediatric Neuroscience and Developmental Disorders
  • Advanced Theory, Research and Practice in Sensory Integration
  • Theory & Therapeutic Management of Children w/Motor Control Issues
  • Instruments and Measurement for Practice
  • Advanced Neuroscience
  • Advanced Anatomy of the Upper Limb
  • OT For Individuals with Upper Extremity Impairments
  • Motor Control and Occupational Performance
  • Aging In Place Across The Lifespan
  • Occupational Therapy in Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Cognitive/Psychosocial Aspects of Occupational Performance
  • Occupational Justice
  • Assistive Technology across the Lifespan
  • Special Topics in Advanced Practice

6 Credits (Select 2) Of Advanced Role Coursework

Clinical Research

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods
  • Single-Subject and Small-N Design for Practice Studies
  • Clinical Research Systems: Organization and Support

Program Development and Entrepreneurship

  • Program Development
  • Funding For Occupational Therapy Services
  • Business Basics for Entrepreneurs and Managers
  • Health Policy

Adult Learning and Teaching

  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Adult Learning and Development
  • Continuing Professional Education

3 Credits of Capstone Seminar and Project

This will be crafted around your interests, goals and area of practice.


Contact Information:

M. Louise Dunn, ScD, OTR/L
Professor and Director of Doctoral Programs
School of Occupational Therapy
Brenau University
500 Washington St., SE
Gainesville, GA, 30501

OTD Inquiry email

General inquiries:, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions:, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100
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